A new police headquarters for Nassau County’s First Precinct, located at Merrick Road and Harrison Avenue in Baldwin, has finally opened.
The First Precinct covers all the Merricks and the Bellmores north of Sunrise Highway to Jersusalem, and from Meadowbrook Parkway to the Wantagh Parkway/
A Who’s Who of local public officials, including New York State Assemblyman Dave McDonough, County Legislator Steve Rhoads (19th LD) and Hempstead Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, all posed during ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the opening of the new First Precinct headquarters in Baldwin
Construction on the new First Precinct, a new 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility began in November 2014. The precinct includes a dedicated line-up room, multiple private interview areas, a turnout room and a break room.
“For nearly 40 years there has been talk of constructing a new First Precinct in Baldwin,” said County Executive Mangano. He said the county will continue to invest the resources needed to maintain public safety in communities and protect residents. With crime down 27% since 2009, Mangano said Nassau is one of the safest large suburban counties in America, and the hope is to be able to maintain that safety with state-of-the-art facilities such as the First Precinct.
The new first precinct is dedicated ‘In recognition of the brave men and women of the Nassau County Police Department, past, present and future.’ Successfully reducing crime is directly attributable to a dedicated and well-trained police force, intelligence-led policing models and strategic communication.
The county, according to county administration sources, has seen crime drop by 27% since 2009, including a 50% decrease in residential burglaries, a 46% reduction in stolen vehicles and a 43% decrease in robberies. In fact, is reporting the lowest crime rate in its history since 1966 – the year that crime statistics were first recorded. In 2016, major crime dropped 8.71% across all NCPD precincts, continuing a downward trend that began in 2010.